Blender is a great tool that has a huge range of applications no matter what your creative field may be. But given the hands-on nature of much of Blender, such as drawing and other animated functions, what is the best drawing tablet for Blender?
The overall best tablet for Blender is the Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet. The responsive screen, screen texture choices, touch ring, multi touch screen and a handy radial menu to help optimize your workflow.
Let’s look at a lineup of eight tablets to see what is the best, including which is the premium best, which is the budget best and which is the overall best.
Which Tablet Is Best for Blender?
Blender is an open-source 3D computer graphics software package with many different use cases including animation, digital or visual effects, 3D printing, and video game assets.
Blender can be used for 3D modeling, texturing, digital drawing, graphics editing, skinning, physics simulation, and compositing.
To use Blender effectively, you want a large drawing face with a responsive surface that allows precision drawing.
One of the best ways to measure sensitivity and precision for a tablet is via a value called pressure sensitivity. You can think of it similarly to how resolution works for a computer monitor or television.
The higher the number, essentially the better the screen can measure the pressure applied, making the surface more responsive.
|PicassoTab XL||Good entry level tablet|
|VEIKK VK2200 Pro Graphic Monitor Drawing Tablet||Expensive|
|HUION KAMVAS 16 Graphics Drawing Tablet||High quality|
|Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet||Overall best|
|GAOMON S620 Graphics Tablet||Budget best|
|GAOMON PD2200 Graphics Drawing Tablet with Stand||Premium best|
|HUION Inspiroy H640P Graphics Drawing Tablet||Good for beginner|
Wacom is one of the most established names in the graphic drawing tablet, and the Wacom One measures 8.3 inches by 5.7 inches for the small version, or 10.9 by 7.4 inches for the larger version.
It comes with a 2048 pressure sensitive pen and is compatible with all major operating systems including Windows, Chromebook and MacOS.
The pen uses Wacom’s own electro-magnetic pen technology for superior control and precision. The pen is battery-free, meaning you don’t have to change the battery mid workflow.
The tablet comes with a pen holder attached on the side and connects to the computer with a USB-C cable.
For Chromebook, this Wacom tablet will come with a free 3-month trial of Clip Studio Paint Pro.
The drawing surface is relatively small, and for the same price you can get much higher pressure values.
This is a drawing tablet only with no display, you must connect it to a computer of some description.
GAOMON S620 Graphics Tablet
The GAOMON S620 Graphics Tablet is another great choice for Blender.
Measuring at 6.5 by 4 inches, with an impressive 8192 levels of pressure and also boasts a battery-free stylus.
With a refresh rate of 266 FPS, the GAOMON tablet allows superior update rate to make sure all your strokes and movements are captured, vital if you’re using this tablet to do detailed drawing.
The GAOMON tablet also allows four buttons to be programmed to what you want, allowing easy access to common shortcuts or elements when drawing.
Weighing in at 270 grams, this is perfect if you’re working on the move or in shared offices.
This graphics drawing tablet is very small and doesn’t give you a lot of space to do larger designs. It also doesn’t have an inbuilt display output.
GAOMON PD2200 Graphics Drawing Tablet with Stand
For a more permanent setup, the GAOMON PD2200 is perfect for long sessions of creative production.
Connectable with either HDMI or USB, the GAOMON PD2200 can be used for all variety of applications but is great for drawing, sketching, graphics design, 3D artwork, and animation.
With a high definition full-laminated screen and 92% NTSC color scheme, with the parallax always being deduced to the lowest level.
The PD2200 boasts a 8192 pressure battery-free pen, with tilt support function to allow superior control with stunning fluidity.
Inside the pen holder there are eight replacement nibs and the tablet also has eight customizable buttons to hold the most commonly-used shortcuts and items, which can be set via the GAOMON software.
With a 1000: 1 contrast ratio you’ll get extremely clear and vivid images and effects.
The GAOMON PD2200 has a maximum viewing angle of 89° for both horizontal and vertical and a display area of 18.8 by 10.6 inches with a rapid response time of 25 milliseconds. You can adjust the viewing angle via the attached stand.
The digital display adds quite the premium to the price, and while the extra visual display is useful, it is not strictly necessary if you’ve already got some kind of graphical display.
HUION Inspiroy H640P Graphics Drawing Tablet
HUION have been producing a wide variety of computer peripherals, and the HUION Inspiroy H640P is an amazing tablet for Blender.
With an 8192 pressure sensitivity screen and six customizable keys, the HUION Inspiroy H640P works on Linux, MacOS, Windows, and Android. The tablet comes with an OTG adapter to allow connecting directly into phones and tablets.
This tablet not only supports Blender, but also Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, Illustrator, Corel Draw, Corel Painter, Sketchbook, Manga Studio, Clip Studio Paint, and many more.
The PW100 digital pen has a resolution of 5080 lines per inch (LPI), a measurement of how many digital lines fit into one inch of the tablet’s physical screen and is battery free. The pen also features two buttons to allow instant switching between pen and eraser mode.
You’ll get eight replacement nibs with the stylus to always ensure you’ve got the best stylus tip for the best precision.
With a compact 6.3 by 3.9 inches, you still get a great creative space that still works for limited desktop areas.
HUION drivers have been known to have conflicts, especially if you have used a different tablet on the device before. Do a clean install or remove old tablet drivers to ensure best performance.
Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet
A premium drawing tablet from Wacom, it comes in three sizes so you can better pick which one suits you.
Coming in at 1.54 pounds, the Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro has built-in Bluetooth connectivity.
It comes with customizable express keys, a touch ring, and a handy radial menus to quickly access the features you need, as well as pen side switches providing easy shortcuts. The touch ring gives intuitive control of canvas rotation, brush size, and scrolling, among others.
The multi touch surface lets you zoom, pan and navigate to easily get from one part of your creative design to the other without having to switch over to the mouse.
You can even customize the feel of the tablet surface via three different texture sheets, from smooth to rough, however these are sold separately.
You can connect to your PC or Mac with the built in Bluetooth functionality, or the more traditional USB cable.
With a resolution of 5080 LPI and a tilt recognition coming in at a plus or minus 60 levels, you get superior resolution and viewing distance with the Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro.
One of the best features of the tablet is the pen. The Pro Pen 2 boasts 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, outstanding tilt recognition and virtually lag-free tracking giving you ultimate creative control and precision.
The small size comes in at 10.6 by 6.7 inches, the medium at 13.2 by 8.6 inches, and the large at 16.8 by 11.2 inches.
The high quality materials, features and brand of Wacom push the price up considerably, especially as this tablet has no display; it is purely a drawing tablet.
HUION KAMVAS 16 Graphics Drawing Tablet
The Kamvas 16 is an excellent graphics drawing tablet from the tablet maker HUION.
With a display combining a full-laminated screen and glass, this brings you a natural drawing experience with a precise cursor and a very low parallax. Parallax is a bit overblown when talking about tablets, and people do have their subjective tastes regarding it.
In simple terms, the parallax is an offset between the tip of the pen and where the mouse cursor draws the lines on the screen, or where they actually appear. This offset can be internalized rather quickly, especially if you’re willing to put the time in.
You get a 15.6 inch wide 1920×1080 HD monitor, giving you 120% sRGB rated gamut. You also get 16.7 million colors and a 178° viewing angle present to ensure you get vibrant colors and detail for your creations.
The actual dimensions are 16.67 by 9.96 inches.
You get the PW517 pen that uses HUION’s PenTec 3.0 technology, with the shortened pen nibs measuring at 3.5mm combined with better nib firmness make the pen tip not as bouncy or reflective, giving improved accuracy and helping reduce any offset.
The pen has 8192 pressure levels, supports up to 60 degrees of tilt function and has a report rate of 266.
Coming with two type-C USB ports, the upper port is for a 3-in-1 type-C to HDMI connection while the lower port is for a single cable type-C to type-C connection.
This means it can be powered directly by a laptop that runs on 5 volts or above and no extra power supply is needed.
The parallax gap between the cursor and pen nib may be off putting to some, especially if you have spent a long time working with a pen and paper rather than a drawing tablet.
VEIKK VK2200 Pro Graphic Monitor Drawing Tablet
VEIKK have been on the scene for a few years and have been producing high quality drawing tablets.
The VEIKK VK2200 comes in a 21.5 inch or 11.6 inch model, it also features two quick dials and eight shortcut keys which allow you to customize them how you want in order to keep creativity flowing.
You get a 1920×1080 IPS display that is capable of 16.7 million colors and displays color via a 92% NTSC and 120% sRGB rated screen.
For the pen, you get 8192 pressure levels and a 60° tilt function, with a low activation force required. The pen’s amazing precision and reduced parallax approximates a natural drawing experience.
Compatible with Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS 10.12 and above, Chrome OS 88 and above, and Linux OS, and Android 6.0 or above, you can use the VEIKK VK2200 Pro with everything.
The included adjustable stand gives you the freedom to tilt it exactly how you want, which can help lift your hand off the screen if you’re used to that style of drawing, although with the included glove you don’t need to do this if you don’t want to.
This tablet gets some points deducted for its weight, which means it’s more suited to a permanent setup rather than lugging it around everywhere.
Our last tablet for the lineup is a great entry tablet, especially for standalone drawing.
The PicassoTab XL is a standalone drawing tablet that doesn’t require another device or computer to work due to its in-built screen.
This allows maximum portability, as you can take your work and art anywhere and everywhere.
The PicassoTab XL is an 11.6 inch tablet, and comes with a drawing glove, stylus pen, universal power adapter and a pre-installed screen protector. With an IPS HD resolution, you have highly detailed images, helping make your Blender work crystal clear.
With an internal 64GB disk, you don’t have to rely on cloud storage for your work and can download thousands of free apps from the Play store to further boost your productivity.
This is an Android-based device that works via a WiFi network and also boosts a micro HDMI port to allow you to connect a large screen. You get a leather case that doubles as a stand and a USB-C cable to charge and connect the device.
You’ll need to get some screen sharing setup to get it working like a drawing tablet like the other tablets, but this works via Chrome Remote Desktop. It is not impossible to set up but you should be able to get it working with intermediate computer skills.